257 killed in Algeria plane crash


At least 257 people have been reported dead in a military plane crash in northern Algeria on Wednesday, Algeria's Defense Ministry said.

The unfortunate incident happened at the Boufarik military airport, an air force base near the capital, Algiers.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has declared three days of national mourning, according to the BBC.

The Ilyushin II-76 transport plane was bound for Tindouf in southwest Algeria.

It was due to make a stopover in Tindouf, home to many refugees from neighbouring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco. "The bodies of the victims are being taken to the Central Hospital of the Army in Ain Naadja to identify them".

More than 200 people are believed dead after an Algerian military plane crashed near a major base.

NTSB investigators were at the crash site on Tuesday examining the burned wreckage next to a tree.

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In October the same year, a military plane crashed in the south of the country during a training exercise, killing the two men on board.

Investigators have not confirmed yet if Pedroza, who purchased the plane in February, was piloting the aircraft when it crashed.

Dozens of firefighters, rescue workers and military officials worked around the blackened fuselage of the aircraft, which had been ripped open near its wings.

Six people killed in a Scottsdale, AZ-area plane crash Monday were shown laughing and enjoying their flight on social media just before the tragic accident.

Airplane carrying Algerian troopers and their households reportedly crashes shortly after takeoff killing tons of.

Algeria's defence ministry issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims. There was a single survivor in that crash.

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